Gubernatorial Candidates Face-Off; Debate 2 Set

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - The two candidates for governor of Alabama, Democrat Ron Sparks and Republican Robert Bentley, began their first televised debate by outlining different plans to improve education funding.

Sparks said he would tax gambling and use that money for education and Medicaid. Bentley said the way to fund education is to create jobs, and job creation would be his top priority as governor.

The one-hour debate Thursday night at the University of Alabama will be followed by another Oct. 19 at Auburn University.

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